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Police Officer
210000NQ Requisition #
Thanks for your interest in the Police Officer – Pre-join programme for those with a degree in professional policing position. Unfortunately this position has been closed but you can search our 4 open jobs by clicking here.

Am I eligible?

The people of the West Midlands deserve an excellent service so we are looking for the best people to join us and demonstrate our values.  But there’s some formal stuff you’ll need to have too, to make sure you meet nationally set eligibility criteria.

 In summary: 

Academic Qualifications -

To be eligible for this route you will have achieved the professional policing degree from a university that has been licensed and validated by the College of Policing; or be due to graduate from this course in the summer of the same year of your application.

When you apply for the role you must attach a copy of your degree certificate or a letter / statement from your university confirming you are due to graduate within the same year, with a degree in professional policing from a College of Policing licensed and validated university. If you are applying before you have graduated you will of course need to provide evidence that you have passed and completed the course before you’re formally offered a start date.

Age - How old you are doesn’t determine whether you’ll be a great officer, so we are happy to receive applications from people aged 17 or above.  Please note you cannot start as a Police Officer until you are 18. 

Residency and Nationality - Candidates are required to be UK resident for the last three years. You must be a British, Irish or EEA National, alternatively you must have no restrictions on your right to live and work in the UK.

Cautions and conviction - Ideally, you shouldn't have a criminal conviction or cautions record.  If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence.  We are unable to state whether your convictions record will affect your application before you apply.  This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.

Vetting - Due to the nature of policing, it’s essential that we conduct rigorous vetting checks on successful applicants before they can join the programme.  These checks will include personal details taken from you as well as from close family members and significant others.

Financial position - It's important that you are not under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and that you can manage loans and debts sensibly.

Tattoos - We know some people like to express themselves with body art, however anyone who has a tattoo and / or piercing which could be reasonably interpreted as offensive to any religion or belief, or is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating, will not be accepted.  In line with the College of Policing’s national guidance we will carefully consider the size, nature and prominence of visible tattoos and piercings to determine if they are acceptable.

National Sift - If eligible to apply, you will be sent an automated invitation email for you to complete an online National Sift process involving two exercises:

  • Situational judgement test (SJT)
  • Behavioural style questionnaire (BSQ)  

You will have 7 days to complete the exercises.  These can be completed in any order you prefer, and at any time of day, 24/7, during that time.   

Reasonable Adjustments: The national sift is not timed, therefore no reasonable adjustments are required.  It is automatically compatible with text to speech software, changes to background colour and coloured overlays.

As detailed here, the process to become a police officer is fairly long and challenging compared to some other jobs.  But, it takes time to make sure we are getting the best people who are capable of delivering a police service we can all be proud of.  

Start dates and annual leave:

For those applying now, we anticipate a single intake with a start date being early 2024. Due to the nature of the role and your training programme, during the first 31 weeks you will only be able to take 2 weeks annual leave and these will be allotted to you.  We cannot guarantee annual leave requests will be approved outside of this time. On your application we ask you to let us know if you have any pre-booked annual leave as this may affect when you’re able to start.

Start dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please visit to view more about the opportunity, support available to applicants, the full eligibility criteria and the information and documentation you’ll need to hand when you apply. 

Once you begin your application, please complete and submit within 10 days.   

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme – all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be invited to the Online Assessment Centre. 

Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities”

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